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First Solo Female Thru-Hiker

My beloved wife loves to walk.  I’m posting this as a encouragement to her and others to walk for the life of it.

Map of Appalachian Trail

Map of Appalachian Trail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At 67, Emma Gatewood (1888-1973) became the first solo female thru-hiker of the 2168-mile Appalachian Trail. At 5’2″, she was also an unwitting pioneer of extreme ultra-light hiking, wearing Keds sneakers, carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, a plastic shower curtain for shelter, a cup, a first aid kit & one change of clothes slung in a homemade bag over her shoulder. She gathered wild foods on the trail, supplementing them with dried beef, cheese, nuts & sausages bought in towns along the way.

Emma Gatewood


River Walk

River WalkIt’s nice that the city of Milwaukee has enabled recreation along the river.  Whether it’s a bright winter’s afternoon, or a sweltering summer the lapping of the current along the docks and boardwalk make for a quiet escape from city hustle-bustle.

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Bing, Bang, Bong Recreation Area

What a gorgeous day!  Mid 50’s in the middle of November — I’ll not shake my patutie at that, for sure.

We got off to a slow start today.  Peggy was making up for a couple nights of poor sleep; I was getting caught up on RV blogs that I follow.  After a leisurely breakfast — cheese omelets — we headed South to the Richard Bong Recreation Area — or State Park — depending on who you talk to and which sign you read.

We’ve never explored this park very much but when we visited early this year to buy our State Parks vehicle permit we did so at Bong and were very well impressed.  Today was a good chance to explore a little.  I was very surprised at what a nice park has come from an abandoned military base.  And they have nice campsites — though not many with electric, and not many that our short (32′) Journeywill fit into when we are towing the CR-V. Continue reading